2. it's a slow business. but you guys already know this, right? of course you do. hell, if you look up 'Publishing' in the dictionary it says MAYBE YOU SHOULD JUST GO AHEAD AND READ THE REST OF THIS DICTIONARY BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO BE A WHILE, KID.
3. so much of this slow business is about keeping secrets. you'll learn a bit of news today about something amazing and won't be able to say anything for the next 2 months. 3 months. 6 weeks. 5 days. who knows? the point is, you learn to keep your lips zipped and pretty soon you're annoying the hell out of everyone because people want answers and all you can give them are cryptic lolcats and pictures like this:
|YOU'LL HAVE YOUR ANSWERS SOON, MY PRETTY|
5. you will eat a lot of chocolate. this much should be obvious.
6. publishing is a business (a slow business! see #2) comprised entirely of people. i know. crazy weird to imagine, right? but it's true. it's basically a huge group of super nice people with families and kids and commutes and leaky ceilings and ex-spouses they'd like to punch in the nose. really. one day you will sell your brilliant novel and you will fly to new york to meet your editor and you will be absolutely astonished by how very HUMAN your editor is. it will astound and amaze you. you will spend the length of your lunch/dinner/coffee meeting just staring at your editor in awe, eyes wide with wonder and fingers entirely too tempted to reach out and pinch the person who paid money for your book. and then, my friend, you will fly home in a daze, delighted by the idea that Publishing is just a mite less scary than it seemed when you first met its marble exterior. because tucked behind those fancy doors are little cubicles stacked high with books and the people who love them.